March 23, 2012 - The Daily Circuit Rewind-sounds and conversations you might have missed. Includes Retired General Peter Chiarelli on coming to terms with the psychological wounds of war, author and radio storyteller.
May 18, 2012 - Is life better for an African American artist today living in the Twin Cities than it was twenty or thirty years ago? MPR reporter Marianne Combs discussed this question with musician Douglas Ewart, painter Tacoumba Aiken, spoken word artist Louis Alemayehu, writer Carolyn Holbrook, storyteller Beverly Cottman and artist Seitu Jones. She asked them to share their thoughts on how the Twin Cities arts scene has changed, for good and for bad, and to talk about the particular challenges they face today.
May 30, 2012 - In her new book of essays, writer, comedian and "Daily Show" co-creator Lizz Winstead talks about growing up in Minnesota as a progressive in a conservative household and how it shaped her work as a comedian. Guest: Lizz Winstead: Writer and comedian. Her new book of essays is called "Lizz Free or Die".
September 7, 2012 - Recently Marianne Combs sat down with author and fiber artist Gwen Westerman, painter and sculptor Jim Denomie, actor and spoken word artist R. Vincent Moniz, Jr. and poet Heid Erdrich. The discussion included what it means to be a contemporary Native artist working in a world that still has stereotypical notions of what it means to be an American Indian. The conversation is the first part of a series of listening sessions in which MPR staff members engage with artists from diverse communities to find out more about what issues are most important to them.
September 21, 2012 - As protests continue in the Middle East over an online video that mocked the Prophet Muhammad, our panel will look at the debate over art and free expression, and what happens when art provokes violence. Guests: Syl Jones: Journalist, author and playwright. His newest play, "Going Up," will be performed by the Mixed Blood Theater. Mohannad Ghawanmeh: Curator of The Twin Cities Arab Film Festival, producer, and senior instructor in communications and film at Dunwoody College of Technology.
September 21, 2012 - Roundtable: Amid Middle East protests, a look at free expression. Guests: Syl Jones, Andrew Karre, Mohannad Ghawanmeh.
October 2, 2012 - Louise Erdrich's latest novel, "The Round House," tells the story of a crime on a North Dakota reservation in 1988. She'll join us to discuss her new book.
November 13, 2012 - We continue our look at titles from the Library of Congress' 88 Books that Shaped America list with Dee Brown's "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee."
November 15, 2012 - Minnesota author Louise Erdrich won a big literary prize last night. She was given the National Book Award for fiction for her newest novel, "Roundhouse." When Louise Erdrich was here a couple of weeks ago she talked about the need for solitude as she develops her characters. Then hosts discuss listener email and feedback.
November 15, 2012 - Pt.1: BBC reports: Gaza conflict and China leader change. Pt.2: Supreme Court wrestles with affirmative action, college admissions. Guests: Emily Bazelon, Richard Sander. Pt.3: Louise Erdrich wins national book prize and listener email and feedback.